16% of children in Kansas had one or more emotional, behavioral, or developmental condition in 2011/2012.
Children and youth who have special health care needs may also need specialized dental care. When people have physical, intellectual or emotional disabilities, they may have conditions that interfere with effective daily dental hygiene care. In addition, they may be unable to access dental care that meets their specialized needs without driving long distances or waiting months to see a specialist.
Oral Health Kansas established several programs designed to support children and youth needs for individualized and specialized oral health care. These include partnering with state and local agencies serving children and youth as well as schools, distributing public awareness and oral health educational materials, and providing education and training opportunities for all who support the healthy development of children and youth.
Specialized dental care for children and youth can be accessed through a number of private and public health dentists located throughout the state.
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry – Find a Pediatric Dentist
Kansas safety net clinics that serve people with disabilities
University of Missouri Kansas City Dental School – Pediatric Dentistry
Children’s Mercy Kansas City Pediatric Dentistry
Newsletter Articles – Oral Health Kansas provides articles for state and local newsletters focusing on issues related to oral health for all children and youth.
Tips & Tricks – OHK offers more than 35 one-page descriptions of ways to have good dental health
There are unique challenges to assisting people with developmental disabilities. These videos provide guidance for daily dental care at home and ways to have a successful dental visit.
D - Termined Program – Successful dental office visits for children – teaching families how to participate: David Tessini, DDS, Pediatric Dentist
Brushing the teeth of others – a 12 minute video produced by Kansas Dental Association eaturing an occupational therapist demonstrating assisted guidance with adolescents. This film is designed to provide some basic toothbrushing guidance for caregivers. It examines five students at the Heartspring School in Wichita, KS, with instruction by Tim Koontz, an occupational therapist at the school.
National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research:
Strategies for Providing Oral Care to People With Developmental Disabilities
How Does Diabetes Affect The Mouth
Heart Disease and Oral Health
Cancer Treatment and Oral Health
Cleft Lip and Palate
Dental Care Every Day – A Caregiver’s Guide
Practical Oral Care for People with Cerebral Palsy
Practical Oral Care for People with Down Syndrome
Practical Oral Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities